Want to do your bit during this time? Our author Jasreen Mayal Khanna is writing a book on Seva: Sikh Secrets on How to be Good in the Real World. Starting this week, she highlights one organisation that’s doing amazing Covid relief work. Here is her recommendation for this week.
Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre Society
This NGO is headquartered in New Delhi but also operates in nine other states such as Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Kashmir and Haryana. Prayas has been running programs for marginalized children, youth and women related to related to child protection, juvenile justice, education, human trafficking and also disaster management since 1988. They’re best known for their child protection service and CHILDLINE 1098 available in New Delhi, Bihar and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
During the pandemic, they’re been providing food and dry ration to those stranded without a home (security guards, roadside eatery workers and the like), distributed food and hygiene kits to sex workers as well as migrant workers returning home and donated two ventilators. Prayas has set up quarantine centres in Arunachal Pradesh, is assisting frontline workers in Andaman and Nicobar and Bihar and continued child protection service especially for children who are locked down in violent homes. They also run awareness and door-to-door campaigns about the prevention of COVID, hygiene, social distancing, isolation and combating stigma. To continue their outreach work, they’re on the lookout for more donors.